Monday, July 22, 2013

SIA Newsletter 7 21 2013 - Bay Races Tomorrow; Beach Party; SIA Mtg; Kayak Festival; Star Party; Barbecue; Turtles; Yard Sale; Picture Frames; Caps & Visors; Calendar; SIA Dues

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

 Coming Up:
The UT Beach Patrol is sponsoring their 6-Mile Bay Race for MS, starting at the Deauville at 6:30 tomorrow (Monday) night July 22 (paddleboarders start at 5:45).
It's always fun to watch all those boats take off down the bay.
Here's a picture from an earlier year's race:

Come out and watch - you'll enjoy it!


Here's another reminder to mark your calendar for Saturday evening, August 3.
The SIA is holding a Strathmere Community Beach Party - music and games - for all (no charge).
It will be held on the beach between Sumner and Tecumseh from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
First, old-fashioned children's games (bring a flashlight for the fiddler crab hunt) with prizes for the kids!
Then, music and sing-along by Jim Maher (he's good!)


The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club is currently holding their Tuna Classic, for fishermen who like to venture out into the Atlantic.


The next SIA meeting will be on Friday, August 9 at 8pm.
Mike McMahon, from McMahon Insurance will talk about flood insurance and John Halbruner from Hyland Design will talk about structural options.
We expect FEMA to release new flood maps in the next few weeks. The "V" zones are expected to be reduced, and perhaps the elevation requirements also.
The Lifeguards will be holding their annual Kayak Festival on Saturday, August 10th
This year they have added a 5k road / beach race at 8:00am
More details and registration for the 5k here -
The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach will sponsor a Star Party at 8:45 on Friday Evening, August 16, on the Randoph Road beach.
Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer for the Franklin Institute, will take us on a journey through the Strathmere skies
You and your family will be enthralled (telescopes are welcome!)
This is a free event for all Strathmerians, with an optional donation (donations to the CFSWB are welcome, but not necessary)
Rain date will be Saturday, August 17 
Also added to our calendar is a Barbecue at the Deauville Beach House on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
This is a fundraiser for the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and the cost per person will be $25.00.
Recent Events

Last Thursday July 18, the Schiavo Library and the SFEC sponsored a Wetlands Institute program “Traveling Turtles.”
It was once again a huge hit - we counted well over 100 in attendance!
The program began with a discussion of diamondback terrapins and a demonstration of the proper way to hold them.


Every child had a chance to do it.

With the aid of the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company, the group then went to the boat ramp...

where children released 20 turtles into the bay.

A great program!
Our thanks to the SFEC, the Schiavo Library and the Wetlands Institute! 
More pictures will be available on the SFEC website.


The SIA Yard sale on Saturday morning was a big hit!
These pictures were taken after most of the crowds had departed with the bulk of the goodies.

These young men, Connor and Deacon Cody, were delighted to leave the Yard Sale with two free hats!

Their family has come to Strathmere for 21 years.


Also available at the Yard Sale, and now available on a continuing basis, were these neat "Strathmere Picture Frames", made available by

Karen Mitchell as a fundraiser for the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company.

For only $20, you get a set of two black leather frames. One holds a 3.5"x5" picture, and the other holds a 4"x6" picture.
The frames are stitched in white and have "Strathmere" written on the frame in blue lettering. All of the proceeds go to the SVFC!
These are great memory makers, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, shower presents, etc.. Put your family and friends' Strathmere photos in your Strathmere frame!

Call Karen Mitchell at 609-231-6000 or stop by 21 Williams Road to buy your frames.


If you've paid your 2013 SIA dues - Thank You!!
If you haven't paid your SIA dues yet, we ask you to please do so.
Info on dues is at the end of this newsletter.
We told you about the TriResort Lifeguard Championships held in Strathmere last Monday evening, which our home team won!
We also gave you this link to the Press story - and the link did not work. It should work now.
The SIA continues to sell neat new Strathmere caps ($15) and visors ($10).
They are available at 212 Bayview Drive (609-263-6846). Get several - for yourself and for gifts - to help the SIA



Remember to follow and "like" the SIA (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere

Upcoming Events - please add to your calendars:

Lifeguard Six-Mile Bay Race for MS, 6:30pm, Monday, July 22
SFEC Tuna Classic, July 13 to August 17 -
CFSWB Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 27 (Canceled)

SIA Community Beach Party, Saturday Evening, August 3

SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, August 9

Lifeguard Kayak Festival, Saturday, August 10

CFSWB Star Party, Friday, August 16,

Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Saturday, August 24

Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company Barbecue, 6:00pm, Wednesday August 28

Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday Morning, August 31


Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday to September 29: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.
Let us know of additions or corrections!

Our February 11, 2013 Newsletter on flood zones and flood insurance is posted on the Upper Township website here (under General Information... Announcements... Super Storm Sandy). We suggest you make the website location one of your "favorites" or "bookmarks", as you'll probably want to refer to it as the BFE / FIRM saga continues to unfold...

And once again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at

The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners in Strathmere and Whale Beach and many visitors. It was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years.
The SIA is keeping the annual dues at $10 per adult family member. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the Fourth of July Parade and our share of the Christmas Party. We conducted a number of Centennial events last year, and also donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection, and to residents affected by Sandy.
NOTE: Since most of you never formally "signed up" as members, obviously we cannot "force" you to pay dues, which are really more like (non-deductible) donations anyway.
If you don't pay, we will still keep you on our newsletter distribution. The only penalty will be that you can't vote in our (mostly uncontested) elections!
Nevertheless, we really hope you see value in our projects and enjoy the newsletters enough so that you'll contribute $10 per adult family member.

Please send dues payments to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Remember to tell us your correct e-mail address!

Also, please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter or for SIA in general, or if you'd like us to change your e-mail address in our records.

You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver


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